An Open Letter to the WBAI Community

The WBAI supports the peaceful protesters and all of those voicing their outrage and demanding accountability and change.  But, words are not enough.  And, as lawyers, we can and must do more. 

We must stand against these flagrant injustices and do our part to dismantle the systematic racism that caused them.  How can we do this?  By educating ourselves, making financial contributions to organizations doing important work, and volunteering our legal services to those in need.  Below are descriptions and links to organizations assisting in these efforts. 

As for the specific endeavors of the WBAI, we are committed to putting together programming and initiatives to educate our members, raise awareness, and we will continue to act in support of justice.  If you have ideas or want to get involved, please contact me at  

Wishing you strength, love, and hope, in a time filled with too much darkness, hate, and despair.  


Kathryn Conway
President 2020-2021
Women’s Bar Association of Illinois


  • The Chicago National Lawyers Guild (NLG) is coordinating legal representation for people arrested during recent protests.  To get involved, fill out the form available here.  
  • Volunteer with the Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights here or make a donation to support their legal representation and advocacy services here
  • Become a member of the ACLU of Illinois here or make a tax-deductible donation to the Roger Baldwin Foundation, the fundraising arm of the ACLU of Illinois, here
  • Donations to the NAACP’s Legal Defense & Educational Fund can be made here.